Reinventing the Insights Incubator

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David Burn gives us this (on AdPulp) -

Tim O'Reilly talks about the value of putting people from different disciplines in a room together:

"In thinking about the future of collective intelligence, we need to make sure that we not only think about systems that lead to convergence of opinion, but also ones that ensure divergence, and fresh inputs. The surest way I know to get this is not to pay attention to the breaking news in your own pond, but to find the next community over, and to create new cross connections."

Clearly this is a page the ad industry needs to be on. It seems to me the perfect agency (that will never exist) would be comprised of the most eclectic mix of people possible—a dream team of organic farmers, cultural anthropologists, taxi drivers, vagabonds, poets, athletes, chefs, etc. Naturally, all of the above would be highly capable brand builders. That's a given. It's the unquantifiable X-factor that's only found in the mix, that we need to go after.

Read the full piece.


image: Dogs Playing Poker, by Cassius Coolidge

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PS: The vagabond thing took me by surprise, but why the hell not.

Noteworthy vagabonds:

Kwai Chang Caine
Forrest Gump

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